Sunbeamtech USB 3.0 Airbox External Enclosure
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-05-2010
Provided by: Sunbeamtech

The Sunbeamtech Airbox USB 3.0 enclosure will be used with the following system:

AMD Phenom II 965 X4 BE
MSI 890GXM-G65
2x2Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600
Swiftech H2O-220 Compact
Asus HD4890 Top
2x74Gb WD Raptor RAID0
500Gb Seagate 7200.10 (benchmark drive)
Optiarc 24x DVD+/-RW
Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition

Two screws hold the end in place which must be removed before the interior chassis can be slid from the housing. All of the electronics are housed on the end with the I/O jacks. Here we can see a JMicron JMS539 SATA-II to USB 3.0 bridge chip is used to handle the interface translation.

Installation is accomplished simply by laying the drive into the tray and sliding it into the fixed SATA connectors. The four mounting screws are then tightened on either side to hold the drive in place. The whole tray can then be reinstalled into the housing and connected to the computer.

Let's see how the Airbox USB 3.0 performs.

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